Sunday Press

Walked 18 on Friday in some perfect golf weather. I planned to bench and do a metcon yesterday but got busy doing other stuff. Since I’ll be gone Monday to Monday, it’s not bad to delay my benching until today since I won’t be able to get in the next one until the following Tuesday. Worked out early at 9am with the crew because the girls had places to go be. Wasn’t excited about the early morning, but it worked out well since I had a lot to do around the house.

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Dead Hang
  • 5 Back Squat (45#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (45#)
  • 5 Back Squat (85#)
  • 5 Shoulder Press (85#)

Conditioning

  • 15-10-5-10-15
    • HSPU
    • Back Squat (135#)
  • Rest 1/2 as long as it took
  • 25-20-15-20-25
    • Push-up
    • Air Squat

I went 9-6, 10, 5, 10, 9-6 on the HSPU and they felt good. Would have been interesting to try all sets unbroken. I took my time on the back squats, but didn’t drop the bar during any set. Finished in 9:16, so my rest period was 4:38. I wanted to go for more push-ups than I usually do so went 15-10, 10-10, 10-5, 10-10, 10-10-5. They were getting hard, but I was happy with that after the handstand push-ups. Took me 6:38.

Accessory – 6 Rounds

  • 30s Double DB/KB OH Walk (40# DBs)
  • 30s Rest
  • 30s Superman-Banana (Banana Rolls)
  • 30s Rest

In the afternoon I got in my bench workout.

No B.S. Bench Press – Week 5

It called for 5×4 at the base weight + 15-20#, so I added 15. I’ve been staying on the low side of the increases and barely making it through my sets.

  • 10×45#
  • 10×95
  • 4×135
  • 4×165
  • 4×195
  • 4×215
  • 4×230
  • 5x4x240

Last 3 sets were a grind. I shouldn’t try this after burning out my shoulders earlier in the day.

Too Cray-Cray For Me

Didn’t go to the gym again because there was some cray-cray 2nd metcon with 108 thrusters at 3 different weights and no other movements. After a metcon with HSPU and pistols? Hell to the no! Worked out in the garage and did the extra credit cardio work instead.

Warm-up: 10:00 AMRAP (easy pace)

  • 100 Jump Rope
  • 20 Single Arm OH Walking Lunge (35# DB)
  • 10 Push-ups

I used an old school jump rope today, which provided some weight. Only miss was at 62 in the 4th round. I did exactly 4 rounds.

old-school-jump-rope.jpg

Conditioning

12:00 AMRAP

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 Pistols (alt)

My left quad has had that weird feeling off and on randomly, so I wasn’t sure what to expect out of pistols today. I haven’t done any lately. They felt really good doing the foot hold method. Never missed or had a pre-mature foot touch on any reps. Did the handstand push-ups in all sets of 5 with a walk across garage and back as rest before each sub set. I finished 6+14.

I might try to get a piece of plexiglass or something cheap for the wall where I do HSPU. The screws are right in the spot where my feet slide on the wall.

Ski Erg

3 Rounds

  • 1,000m (@ 5k pace)
  • 500m (recovery)

Decided to shoot for 1s/500m faster than the last time and also do the recovery pieces on the ski erg instead of 2:00 on the Airdyne. My 1k times were 3:58, 3:57.8, and 3:57.7; I was right on pace. My recoveries were 2:43.6, 2:44, and 2:41.7.

3 Part Sunday

My back seems pretty much the same. Made it to the gym today though. Programmed something I could do. 🙂

Warm-up

  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Dead Hang

Conditioning

Rested about 10-15 minutes between each workout.

  • 50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders
  • 25-20-15-10-5 HSPU

I went 9-8-8 on the first set of HSPU, which was maybe a little aggressive and caused me to have to rest more the rest of the way. I did the rest in all sets of 5 and really focused on a big kip with my hips to save my shoulders. Finished at 9:14.

25 Rounds

  • 2 Burpees
  • 2 T2B

I’d done this once before, almost 3 years ago in 6:08. Hadn’t looked that up until writing this though. Finished in 6:33 today. Could feel I was going a bit slower due to my back. A lot of hip action in this one.

2 Rounds

  • 25 Push-ups
  • 50 Air Squats
  • 25 American KBS (44#)

Felt like my arms would give out after the HSPU and burpees, so I started conservative with 9-8-8 on the push-ups. The squats bothered my back more than anything else today, so I took them really slow. Kettlebell swings were unbroken both rounds. I stuck to the same sets on my 2nd round of push-ups and probably should have pushed for 2 sets. Finished in 6:34.

Quite a bit of midline work today. Will see how my back feels tonight.

Quick Triplets

Spent the rest of the day cleaning and reorganizing the garage yesterday. To say I was tired is an understatement. My shoulders are definitely feeling the fatigue.

Warm-up

  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Shoulder Stretching
  • 3×10 Reverse Hyper (140#)
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • C&J
    • 5×45#
    • 3×85#
    • 3×135#
    • 2×155#

Gymnastics Test

  • MAX Strict Ring Dips

Wanted to see what I could do since it had been years since I tried. I got 21, which is a 6 rep PR. I actually did this before the clean & jerk warm-ups.

Conditioning – Running Clock

  • @ 0:00
    • 10 C&J (170/115#)
    • 20 Burpees over the Bar (lateral)
    • 30 Box Jump Overs (24/20″)
  • @ 15:00
    • 10 Power Snatch (145/100#)
    • 20 T2B
    • 30 Wall Balls (20/14#, 10/9′)
  • @ 30:00
    • 10 Bar Muscle-ups
    • 20 American KBS (53/35#)
    • 30 Back Squats (95/65#)
  • @ 45:00
    • 10 Strict HSPU
    • 20 Burpees
    • 30 Thrusters (45/35#)

The first part is one we had during the Hybrid Open Prep, when I did it in 3:34. I didn’t bitch out on the box jumps today doing all 30 as side-to-side jumps. Pretty sure my C&J and burpees were slower, but the jumps was enough to make up for it. Finished in 3:27.

The next 3 parts are all original creations, with the hopes of being around the some time domain. In part 2 I did my toes to bars in 10-5-5 mostly due to knowing that bar muscle-ups were coming in the next piece. Did the wall balls unbroken to finish in 3:07.

I was going back and forth on how to split my muscle-ups. 6-4 or 4-3-3? I decided to go for it with the 6-4, which was fine. I’m going to have to test my bar MU max because the 6 matches the most I’ve done in a set. The kettlebell swings were rougher than expected, but the squats were such a burn. I tried to speed up but there was too much burn when I did. Finished in 3:14.

I wanted to do the handstand push-ups strict, but wasn’t sure how I’d feel by part 4. I went for it and got through them no problem. Big mistake though. In the middle of the burpees I was having trouble pushing off the ground. I’m sure the fatigue of yesterday had something to do with it too. When I got to the thrusters, I was dying on the presses! I rested in the bottom of the squat a couple of times and once with the bar on my back. Should have been much faster than the 3:12 it took me.

I figured the back squats and thrusters would be the easiest part of the whole thing but they were the worst because they burned so bad.

Shoulder Annihilation

Feeling pretty good this morning. Out in the garage at 10:30 to finish up the Hybrid Performance Method Push Only program. Warmed up with 5 minutes on the Airdyne, which was about 1.26 miles. I prepared a bit this morning and referenced How to Warm Up for a One-Rep Max on T Nation. The example for 185# was pretty much exactly what I needed since my previous best was a 180# shoulder press.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 8×95
  • 5×115
  • 3×135
  • 1×155
  • 1×170
  • 1×182.5 (PR)
  • 1×187.5 (Fail)
  • 1×185 (PR)
  • 1×187.5 (Fail)

Crazy how much of a difference two and a half pounds can make. So I ended up with a 5# PR. I was really hoping for 187.5 or more, but from previous programs I know how hard it is to increase the shoulder press.

I skipped the pull-up and accessory work so I could test a couple of other things and destroy my shoulders! Done with Push Only!! I’ll do a full recap/review post, probably on my main blog to share with a wider audience.

Update: posted Hybrid Performance Method – Push Only Program.

Gymnastics

After the big surprise when I tested my strict set about a week ago, I also wanted to get in a kipping test. I was able to get 23 for a 9 rep PR, which is almost a 65% improvement!

According to BTWB, my rankings on the HSPU max sets are an 82 for this one and a 76 for the strict set of 17. I would have expected those to be the opposite.

btwb-hspu-ranks

Strength Endurance / Conditioning

  • 100 Bench Press (135#)

I’d done this once, back in December of 2015 in a time of 9:37. I did it by hitting 5 reps every 30 seconds and then switching to sets of 3s after 85. I set an interval timer on my phone for 25 second rounds. Made it through 13 sets (65 reps) on pace at 5:10 on the clock. Then I changed to sets of 3 at shorter intervals and a final set of 2. Took me 8:43 today for a 54 second PR.

Here’s a compilation video from the day I made to share on Facebook with the bench press at 8x speed instead of 2x.

 

Pushing PRs

My legs have been all kinds of sore from the squats on Monday. Had a chiro appointment (trying to use up my FSA balance before switching insurance plans) and then went to the 4:30 class.

Pre Warm-up

  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3 Sets
    • 20 Zeus DU
    • 10 OH Shrugs (45#)

I was at the gym plenty early due to the 4:00 appointment so did some stuff before the class warm-up.

Warm-up – 3 Sets

  • Wrist Stretch
  • 5 Slow Push-ups
  • 5 Ring Rows
  • 5 Air Squats
  • 20 Double Unders
  • Spiderman Stretch

Strength – Front Squat

  • 10×45#
  • 6×135#
  • 5×185#
  • 4×205#
  • 3×225#
  • 2×245#
  • 1×265#

I belted up for the last two sets. Felt heavy but ok.

Gymnastics – 3 Sets

  • MAX Strict HSPU
  • 10 C2B Pull-ups

It was programmed as 5-10 reps of each handstand push-ups and pull-ups, but I’ve been wanting to test out my strict HSPU so went for it. Couldn’t believe it when I got 17 reps followed up by 12 in each of the next 2 sets. My previous best was only 11, which I matched last in March of last year so that’s over a 50% improvement!

Conditioning

“Annie”

50-40-30-20-10

  • Double Unders
  • Sit-ups

Anchored my feet and used my AbMat cover pad. Missed my very first rep, so just adjusted my time by 2 seconds at the end. 🙂 I missed again in the set of 20, missed to start my final set because my rope was tangled and I was trying to rush it, and then missed again after 5 or 6. So 3 official misses after my restart. Not going to PR like that, but with a 6:06 I was only 13 seconds off my best time.

Practiced a bit more freestanding handstand hold up near the wall.

Realized that’s 9 days in a row of doing something, even though Saturday was only a 45 minute recovery on the AirDyne. Time for a rest day!

Death EMOM

Went to the gym at noon.

Warm-up

  • Shoulder Stretching
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • Pendlay Row
    • 3×45#
    • 3×95#

E3M – 5 Sets

  • 3 Supinated Pendlay Rows with X231 Tempo (95#)
  • 10 OH Bar Shrugs (snatch grip) with 2s Pause (45#)

Could have done this every 2 minutes. Squeezing the bar at the top of the Pendlay row was a challenge.

30:00 EMOM (alt)

  • 10 HSPU
  • 10 K2E
  • 10 Power Snatch (95#)

I wanted to see how far I could get with 5 strict + 5 kipping handstand push-ups. The answer is 5 rounds. In the 6th round I did the 5 strict, but only 2 kips, and then I had to cut back to no strict and 7 kipping reps for the last 4 rounds. Totals out to 30 strict and 55 kipping reps.

The snatches were by far the worst part of this and took the longest, which then left short rest for the handstand push-ups. I thought the knees to elbows would get hard, but I easily did those all unbroken. On the snatches I did 5 or 6 rounds unbroken, then switched to 5+5. In the 9th round I actually lost my grip on the bar but was able to regrip it in midair somehow. So I did 5+3+1+1 in that round and went back to 5+5 in the 10th to finish.

I had on my gymnastics grips, but didn’t put my fingers through the holes, like I’ve seen a lot of the “pros” doing for some workouts. That way I didn’t have to worry about the tightness of the straps causing problems with my wrists on the HSPU or the extra diameter around the bar for snatches. I just twisted them around on my hands for the K2E and then back out of the way for the other two moves. It worked really well!

This is one of the worst, if not the worst EMOM I’ve ever come up with. I had it planned to do at home early in the week, but didn’t get to it. If I hadn’t been at the gym, I would have stopped after 8 rounds, so I’m glad it was with the crew, which pushed me to keep going.

Midline: E90S – 4 Rounds

  • 6 Floor Wipers (holding 45# plate)
  • 20 Russian Twists (45#)
  • 20-30s Hollow Hold

Brandi wanted me to add in some ab work so I went back and found this one from Tia. After the first round I had to do a scaled version of the hollow hold because I could not keep my low back on the ground. I need to get back to doing these because it’s obviously a weakness and not great to be able to support my already bad back.